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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 06:13 am
It’s 5am and I have given up any pretence of sleeping. I have no idea why I have insomnia tonight. As has the cat, who is meowing round me as if I might have a clue what she wants. It’s probably food, but Smokey is not a cat who fusses for her food usually. I have put food out, but she’s not eating it. Maybe she’s just worried about me.

It doesn’t help that I have in some way banjaxed my back and hip. They are ouchy. And I’ve had a couple of goes of cramp in my right calf, leaving that sore. I found some painkillers in the back of a cupboard and they’re about cutting in now.

In other news I’m playing a couple of computer games. Skyrim retains its interest, not least because you don’t have to rush around beating creatures up to get anywhere. Building your own house can take up hours of innocent fun. Not so Shadow of Mordor. Oh, what a dull game that is if you’re not very quick with your button recognition. I frequently mix up square and circle, and thus end up dead more often than alive. Plus, the baddies level up if you don’t kill them quickly and I’ve ended up with a couple of bosses at 20th level that appear whenever I do and I can’t kill them because they’ve about 25 supporters who appear likewise. Largest number of orcs I can do away with is about six. More than that and I’m outnumbered. So it gets a bit boring.

My brother bought me Arcania for my birthday, and that’s a bit more interesting. Doesn’t require me to learn any button combinations to hit things, and that’s always good. Not as pretty as Shadow of Mordor though, or rather, not as well drawn because I wouldn’t call Mordor pretty but they’ve really put a lot of work into how it looks.

There’s another game a friend bought me for my birthday, a game set in modern times, but I’ve put it somewhere and don’t remember where it is or what it was called. Maybe it’s in a box I still haven’t unpacked from the decorating.
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Friday, July 20th, 2012 09:12 pm
I've solved my PS3 issue, I think.

And guess what it turned out to be? The extension cable. Swapped that out and it's been right as rain since. Long may it continue.
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Friday, July 20th, 2012 10:20 am
You'll remember I said that my PlayStation had gone belly up? Probably not, but I did.

So, I replaced it with a sparkly brand new one…which has exactly the same fault as the old one. All I can say is, "Buh?"

Basically, what happens is that it will work quite happily while you're watching a video or something like that, but the moment you try to load a game, it gets so far along loading the game data and then cuts out. No warnings, no yellow light of death, nothing like that, it just cuts out just as if someone had pulled the plug out at the mains. The last time I tried it, when it was switched on again, it didn't even get all the way through doing its self-test before turning off with no warning.

After a few minutes it seems to come back and be on 'standby', but with the new one it's hard to tell because the lights are not as bright as the old version. Is this an improvement, I have to ask myself.

These symptoms lead me to think that it's some kind of power issue. It's almost as if the call for power during loading a game is too much for the system to cope with. But what do I know?

I've emailed Sony's technical support people, because what is the point of sending the new one back to Amazon (for it is they), if all the units have this problem and it's a known issue? We'll see what they come back with.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 08:23 pm
Now my PS3 has gone belly up. Really didn't need this.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2011 12:48 pm
It's one of the settings on my PS3 that's got my totally confused. In the 'display settings' I'm supposed to see my games in 1080i (or is it p? or both?) but whenever I start a game, DA, Oblivion and now Skyrim, the view sets to 720.

It is a pest, because in Skyrim the monitors for your health, magicka and so on are so near the edge of the screen that they don't show up in 720. I'm doing OK so far, I suppose, with guessing how much health and so on that I've got, but randomly dying while in combat because I can't see what's what is becoming very old, very fast.

As I said, in the 'display settings', I'm correctly set at 1080i and I've double and triple checked this. But when the game starts, the setting rejigs itself and goes to the wrong one. And I don't know why.

I vaguely remember being able to reset this inside one of my games, but I've checked them all and none show signs of being able to make such a setting alteration so I could be imagining that. Could it be in the TV settings? I've fiddled about, and that seems correct, too, but it could be something in there that I've missed – I'll try again.

Google has shown up nothing but the 'display settings' alteration I already know about, and that does nothing to correct it.

Help? I'm becoming really annoyed by this.

ETA: I've solved it. It was the TV settings all along. I must have fiddled with them at some stage and never reset them. D'oh!